Liposuction Melbourne (Fat Cell Removal)

This information has been medically reviewed by Melbourne-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gordon Ku. LinkedIn Profile here.

Liposuction removes unwanted fat from the body and is one of the safest cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. It can be used to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from specific areas that remain despite changes to diet and exercise. Our clinics’ fully qualified and accredited practitioners have had over 35 years’ experience in the field of liposuction and use fully accredited surgical hospitals and theatres.

As a surgical procedure, liposuction involves the use of a thin tube, called a cannula and suction. Under local or general anaesthetic, the cannula is inserted into an inconspicuous location in the body. It is then attached to a suction device that extracts fat from a localised area. The suctioning technique we use is specific and delicate and does not damage the surrounding tissue. Even though liposuction is a surgical procedure which involves risk, lipo is one of the safest cosmetic surgery procedures in the world.

The result of this cosmetic procedure is more slender and proportionate body contours.

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Who can get Liposuction?

We perform liposuction on all kinds of people who vary in age, gender, size, and genetic predisposition. They can be both male and female, young, middle-aged and older patients as every patient has different requirements. Even patients who are obese, overweight or of a healthy size can be candidates.

Many patients have characteristics like their parents’ or grandparents’ problem areas or a parent’s genetic tendency for storing midsection fat.

Liposuction can help you to eliminate these problem areas and allow you to be more confident, reverse the signs of ageing, achieve a fat loss goal, or to fit into clothing better. You may require liposuction on a single area of the body, or desire a more comprehensive body transformation. As we are experts in a variety of modern liposuction and fat removal methods, Me Clinic can provide you with a tailored treatment plan. This will ensure you undergo the best combination of procedures to permanently eliminate unwanted fat cells and achieve your ideal shape.

History of Liposuction

The attention to subcutaneous fat removal that characterises modern liposuction originated in the 1960s in Europe. Its popularity exponentially rose following its arrival in the United States in the early 1980s. Although today’s liposuction is generally associated with cosmetic surgery, it is also used to address lipomas, gland disorders and is used in reconstructive surgery. Today, approximately 1,453,000 liposuctions are performed worldwide each year.

Me Clinic has over 35 years of expert experience in liposuction. We were one of the first clinics in Australia in 1983 to offer liposuction and fat grafts (lipotransplantation) which transfer unwanted fat to other areas of the body for volume and contour. We have a well-established history as leaders in the field of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic medicine and operate as a patient-centric, medicine-first practice. This commitment to excellence and patient care has contributed to our reputation as a world-class cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medical clinic.

Is Liposuction Permanent?

While other cosmetic methods of unwanted fat removal may require multiple treatment sessions over several months, once performed on a certain area of your body, liposuction is permanent. The fat cells removed in a liposuction procedure will not return. However, it does not mean that your body loses the ability to store fat deposits in other areas if you do not maintain a regime of exercise and a healthy diet.

The body’s creation of new fat cells generally ceases after puberty. So, if weight gain occurs after liposuction, it’s due to the expansion of the remaining fat cells, rather than the formation of new fat cells. Therefore, while liposuction is not a weight loss solution, it is a highly effective contouring procedure.

Some regions of the body shed excess fat quicker through weight loss than others resulting in some areas (like arms) appearing out of proportion to the rest of the body. Liposuction provides an effective way to eliminate those hard-to-shift stubborn fat deposits and create the appearance of a more contoured body. The amount of fat removed through lipo depends on the procedure and each patient’s unique needs.

Types of Liposuction


Face: Aside from the neck and chin, other areas of the face can receive liposuction treatment such as the cheeks. In many cases, chin, cheek and neck liposuction results in a lifting effect to the upper half of your face. However, it may also be combined with a number of other facelift treatments to reduce wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of volume and elasticity, to more comprehensively makeover your face.


This young man wanted to eliminate his ‘double chin’.


Liposuction was performed to the area to achieve a more defined chin and neckline. This procedure was performed at our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic.

Liposuction was performed to the area to achieve a more defined chin and neckline. This procedure was performed at our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic.

Chin and neck: Used to address many common facial complaints such as drooping neck fat or a double or triple chin. It can also remove small fat deposits or address a receding chin.


This 31 year old woman was unhappy with the ‘puffy’ look under her chin,which aged her prematurely.


Liposuction was performed to the area to achieve a more defined chin and neckline. The patient was extremely pleased with the result. Our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this procedure.

Liposuction was performed to the area to achieve a more defined chin and neckline. The patient was extremely pleased with the result. Our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this procedure.


Upper arms: Removal of arm fat can address arm ‘flab,’ jiggle or ‘batwings’ and results in slimmer and more toned arms. It typically focuses on fat removal from the posterior flap. It may be accompanied by a scarless arm lift or brachioplasty.

Abdomen and waist: Reduces the appearance of excess abdominal fat on your sides, flanks, lower or upper stomach area. Also known as stomach liposuction, this body contouring procedure can address common stomach complaints like ‘love handles’ and ‘muffin tops.’ With body sculpting effect, it can make your abdomen flatter or achieve a shapely, hourglass style body shape. Being far less invasive than a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), stomach liposuction is one of the most performed liposuction procedures in the world.


26 year old female was very unhappy with her abdomen and waist.


Liposuction was performed to these areas to achieve a more shapely contour. The patient was very pleased with her new shape. This Liposuction was performed in our Melbourne clinic.

Liposuction was performed to these areas to achieve a more shapely contour. The patient was very pleased with her new shape. This liposuction was performed in our Melbourne clinic.

Hips: Fat deposits on the outer side of the hips, known as saddlebags, can be removed and the area contoured to smooth your silhouette into a more proportionate or slender shape.


This 23 year old woman had a problem with her shape.


A Liposuction procedure was completed in our Melbourne clinic. Performed over two stages to her inner and outer thighs, knees, hips, arms, abdomen, and flanks, mid and upper back. A total of nearly 6 litres was removed over 2 procedures.

A liposuction procedure was completed in our Melbourne clinic. Performed over two stages to her inner and outer thighs, knees, hips, arms, abdomen, and flanks, mid and upper back. A total of nearly 6 litres was removed over 2 procedures.

Thighs: Liposuction can treat various parts of the leg area that people commonly refer to as their thighs. This includes the inner, upper and outer zones of the leg. Inner thighs can be treated to achieve a ‘thigh gap’ and outer thighs to reduce saddle bags.


This young lady in her early twenties complained of difficulty in wearing jeans and fitting clothes ‘off the rack’.


Liposuction/Liposculpture was performed in Melbourne focussing on the outer thighs (saddle bags) and inner thighs which resulted in an hour glass shape and easier fitting of her clothes. The patient was ecstatic with the result.

Liposuction/liposculpture was performed in Melbourne focusing on the outer thighs (saddle bags) and inner thighs which resulted in an hour glass shape and easier fitting of her clothes. The patient was ecstatic with the excellent result.

Mons pubis: Liposuction can assist in contouring a fat upper pelvic area (FUPA) which is often caused by fatty tissue on the pubic bones. To reduce the appearance of bulging in the pubic region, we can extract this fat and fatty tissue.

Buttocks: The strategic removal of fat in this area can result in a more lifted or perky posterior. You might seek to reduce your buttock’s size or make it appear more rounded, both of which liposuction can help to achieve.


Patient was 20 year old was unhappy with her protruding buttocks and outer thighs.


Liposuction was performed to this area to reduce it and produced a more shapely and svelte appearance. The Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this liposuction procedure.

Liposuction was performed to this area to reduce its size and produced a more shapely and svelte appearance. The Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this liposuction procedure.

Calves, knees, and ankles: The lower half of the legs may also be treated with liposuction to address concerns such as a lack of definition between the ankle and calf commonly called ‘cankles,’ or fat knees. Lipo results in more slender and proportionate legs that are subtly tapered.


Female Chest: A breast reduction can be attained through the use of liposuction which can address general or asymmetrical breast hypertrophy.


This 24 year old women presented with large ptotic (sagging) and uneven breasts.


Liposuction and a Scarless Breast Lift was performed to the breast to reduce the size and also lift and even out the Breast and Nipples. The results after surgery were amazing.

Liposuction and a Scarless Breast Lift was performed to reduce the size of the breast (breast reduction) and also lift and even out the breast and nipples. The results after surgery were amazing.

Male Chest: Gynecomastia or ‘man boobs’ is a common reason men consider liposuction. Me Clinic offers male breast reductions for men of all ages which removes excess fat via suction. If the cause of gynecomastia is due to glandular tissue, a very small incision will be made below the nipple for excision access to the problematic tissue. This results in a firmer and more sculpted chest.


This 46 year old man had a pronounced waist (love handles) and chest as well as protruding beer belly. These are common problems with men.


A total of 4 litres of fat was removed from his waist, abdomen and chest to achieve a more pleasant contour. Our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this procedure.

A total of 4 litres of fat was removed from his waist, abdomen and chest to achieve a more pleasant contour. Our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic performed this procedure.

Liposuction Methods

At Me Clinic we generally perform tumescent liposuction, which can be completed in a short period of time. It offers a fast recovery period with minimal discomfort. The technique involves the injection of a tumescent local anaesthesia formulation prior to suction. This tumescent fluid makes the treatment area ‘swell’ allowing the surgeon to more efficiently locate and extract fat deposits.

The tumescent technique is the gold standard in liposuction as it is well tolerated by patients and results in less blood loss and less bruising. This makes for a safer surgery that is less invasive, less time consuming to perform, and a quicker to recovery time.

Our experienced and skilled surgeons also offer a range of other modified modern liposuction methods to remove fat cells, including:

Ultrasound Liposuction: Allows for a highly precise extraction of fat cells using an ultrasound device that ‘melts’ fat cells, breaking the cells’ walls with ultrasonic energy.
Laser Lipolysis: Uses laser light to heat and melt fat and contract collagen fibres resulting in tighter skin and a smoother result. The laser light assists in expediting the fat dissolution.
Power-Assisted Liposuction: Involves the use of a power cannula to finely and delicately move through the fat that is being aspirated.
Mega Liposuction: Involves the removal of large volumes of fat and is an extensive type of liposuction. Mega Liposuction can only be used in limited circumstances.

Our cosmetic surgeons will recommend the best liposuction treatment for you based on your physique and what you want to achieve. You may get the best result by undergoing liposuction in conjunction with other fat removal treatments that we offer like chin and neck dermal injectables.

Results and Effectiveness

Liposuction is highly effective in its ability to remove unwanted fat from the body.

Its aesthetic impact varies depending on the type of liposuction procedure you select, yet its success is measured in centimetres/inches rather than kilograms or pounds. It might mean a decrease in the appearance of fat on your ankles, knees or cheeks. It can also have more discernible results in terms of contour and weight loss if performed in an area such as the abdominals, thighs, or back of the arms. It even results in a younger, more supple facial profile if undergoing treatment in the chin, outer cheeks or neck area.

Once you undergo liposuction, the fat removed can be redistributed to other areas in your body. Fat transfer uses your own fat as a filler. It can add volume to the face, legs, hands, male and female genitalia and is longer lasting than synthetically generated fillers. In some patients, the results from lipo lasts indefinitely!

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is also commonly performed at Me Clinic at the same time as liposuction. This involves sculpting and shaping the body during the fat cell removal process. It provides a more proportionate, contoured shape and smooth final result.

Can I Get Liposuction?

Although liposuction is suitable for a wide section of the general public, the procedure has some eligibility criteria. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are already leading an active lifestyle, eating a healthy diet and are of a stable weight.

You cannot undergo liposuction if you are pregnant and it is not recommended for people with coagulation disorders. It may also be unsuitable for those with a history of poor wound healing or weakened immune systems.

At Me Clinic, we assess your health status prior to the procedure.

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Liposuction Procedure: On the Day

Prior to receiving treatment at our Liposuction Melbourne Clinic, you’ll be advised of any special preparation that you need to undergo. It may include blood tests and other diagnostic tests. To begin the actual procedure, you can expect it to involve your surgeon drawing lines on your skin and areas of the body to identify the treatment areas. This assists the surgeon to evenly distribute the anaesthetic.

Then the administration of antibiotics and anaesthetic to the area being contoured will occur. It is deposited at regular intervals underneath the skin. When using tumescent anaesthetic fluid, it will ‘swell’ meaning that the site to undergo removal of fat will become firm and better defined.

A small incision is then made in a discrete skin fold and the sterile cannula is inserted under the skin through this incision into the numbed area. Then, the surgeon skillfully suctions out targeted fat deposits and associated fluids. The tumescent fluid also constricts blood vessels, allowing for far less blood to infiltrate the fat being removed. At the conclusion of the procedure, the cannula is removed and the incision is sutured closed in the treated area. You will then be pressure bandaged, or placed into compression garments. Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.

From your initial consultation to aftercare and side effects, our medical team will monitor you through post-op check-ups as part of your recovery process. You can also speak to your surgeon, nurses, or one of our clinic’s staff members at any stage.

Aftercare and Recovery Process

Aftercare is important following any liposuction procedure, even though many of our liposuction treatments involve little downtime.

Immediately after your procedure, you may feel drowsy from the anaesthetic’s sedation. It is important to have someone drive you home and stay overnight as you rest during this important recovery time. You are provided with an after-hours direct number in the event you may have any questions or concerns that you wish to speak to us about.

As part of the recovery process, the next day or within a few days you will return to the Clinic for your first post-operative check. You can expect a small amount of swelling, which will gradually settle. But you should be able to see results almost immediately, from the increase in volume to the change in shape.

Starting the day after your procedure, we recommend you complete a daily 30-minute walk and you can otherwise continue with your regular activities. If you need to go on a long car or plane trip, you must walk for at least 5 minutes every hour during the trip.

After liposuction, you will need to wear a compression garment for 4 weeks (6 weeks for optimum benefit is ideal during the recovery period). We will supply one to you that fits well and is suitable for the type of liposuction you have undergone. They are designed to hide under your clothing so others won’t know you’re wearing them. Taping of the treatment areas may be required.

Our medical team will continue to monitor your recovery through a number of post-operative check-ups and are available at any time if you require assistance. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call the Clinic to speak with your surgeon, nurses or one of our staff members.

Our Practitioners who perform Liposuction Melbourne

Our practitioners have had over 35 years of experience in the field of liposuction and are fully qualified and accredited. We only use qualified anaesthetists and fully accredited surgical hospitals and theatres.

Dr Gordon Ku

Dr. Gordon has over 24 years of experience in various aspects of cosmetic medicine and surgery.... Read more

We perform the following Liposuction Melbourne (Fat Cell Removal) procedures

Liposuction For A Female

Sometimes despite a healthy diet and exercise women can still have problem areas from their abdomen waist, hips, buttocks and thighs and other areas. Liposuction is a procedure whereby fat cells are removed from these problem areas to decrease the volume and size and to reshape the body.

Through Liposuction women can improve the shape and proportion of their bodies. Click the more button to find out more about our clinic. We have over 30 years proven cosmetic surgery experience.

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Liposuction For Men

At Me Clinic we understand MEN.

We understand why Men consider Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery and the results and outcomes they want to achieve. We understand that men prefer a confidential and private environment to discuss their surgical requirements.

We provide specific male Liposuction treatments in our Melbourne clinic. We have over 30 years of Cosmetic Surgery experience.

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Chin & Neck Liposuction

Some patients carry excess fat in their chins and neck; the double chin effect. As a result they lack definition between their necks and chin.

For both men and women these problems develop with age, weight gain or are simply genetic.

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Double Chin Liposuction

Does a double chin cause you to feel overweight? Me Clinic’s Double Chin Liposuction will change your look and increase your confidence. Read on for more.

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Light Touch Lipo

Light Touch Lipo a minimally invasive procedure with guaranteed fat removal pioneered by the surgeons at Me Clinic. Light Touch Lipo is gentler and the recovery times are much shorter compared to normal Liposuction procedures.

This is available for both men and women who lead busy lifestyles.

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Body And Leg Fat Transfers

Many patients elect to have Fat Transfers to part of their body and legs to enhance their shape, replace lost volume or correct trauma and injuries.

The addition of the patients own fat complements the existing fat in the body and when transferred and grafted it provides a natural feeling and looking volume or shape change.

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Vaser Liposuction

Unhappy with your current size or shape? Me Clinic offers Vaser liposuction to safely remove stubborn fat with minimal downtime. Read on to learn more.

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Mons Pubis Liposuction

Do you suffer a large bulge in the pubic region? This can be rectified by mons pubis liposuction which targets the layer of fat above the pubic bone.

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Upper Arm Lift Surgery (Brachioplasty)

Over the years with getting older, weight fluctuations with putting on significant weight and then extreme weight loss can lead to excess skin in the arms.

The excess skin in the upper arms can be corrected with Upper Arm Lift Surgery or Brachioplasty surgery. Click more to find out how our surgeons in Melbourne can help you.

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Upper and Lower Back Liposuction

Would you like an improved contour to your back? Lower back liposuction from Me Clinic helps clothes to fit better while boosting your confidence. Read on for more information.

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Love Handles Liposuction

A more desired shape that makes you feel more confident is easy with Me Clinic, that offer a safe love handles liposuction procedure. Read on for more information.

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Liposuction Pricing

The most common question we are asked about the Liposuction procedure is what it is likely to cost. There is no simple answer to this question because there are so many variables to consider.

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Thigh Liposuction

Want to feel more comfortable and confident in your appearance? The thigh liposuction procedure from the experts at Me Clinic can help. Read on for more.

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Arm Liposuction

Increase your confidence and comfort with arm liposuction from Me Clinic today. This simple and safe procedure can make a significant change to your arms.

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Surgical Warning: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the type of liposuction performed, you may be awake under a local anaesthetic or asleep with a general anaesthetic (under the care of an anaesthetist). For smaller areas, liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia. Liposuction on larger areas typically requires the use of sedation with general anaesthesia, to ensure your comfort and best results.

Even though liposuction is a surgical procedure, it is a minimally invasive procedure and you will usually be an outpatient. While you may experience some initial discomfort and stiffness, this will gradually disappear. Puffiness, tenderness and bruising (if any) of the treated area typically disappears in 1 to 2 weeks. Most patients tolerate the discomfort without the need for pain medication. However, if you feel discomfort for a few days this is usually well managed by simple pain medications.

All surgical procedures involve risk. However, liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic surgery procedures in the world. And modern tumescent liposuction, which we most commonly use at Me Clinic, has been proven as an extremely safe procedure across a variety of medical studies. Complications resulting from liposuction are very rare and will be discussed prior to your treatment. They are also detailed in our medical disclaimer. Minor side effects that are more common include bruising and swelling. Following your post-procedure care plan will reduce these symptoms.

As we are experts in aesthetic enhancement and cosmetic medicine, we understand that many people are concerned about visible scarring. Following your recovery period, there will be minimal evidence of the incisions made during liposuction. Tissue discolouration may temporarily occur immediately after the procedure. Wearing your prescribed compression garments will aid to minimise skin stretching and helps your body to heal more effectively. Over time, scars fade even more.

Due to the skill and experience of our surgeons at Me Clinic, the marks made by the incisions are very small and barely visible. We will also make strategic incisions so they are hidden in natural skin folds or on areas of your body that are well concealed.

You can return to non-strenuous work within 2 days. However, you should wait at least 10 days before attempting more intense activity. We advise that if any discomfort is experienced with any activity it should be discontinued. Full recovery from swelling and bruising is expected in 1 to 5 months.

Medicare rebates or bulk billing are not typically available for liposuction procedures. However, if you require liposuction due to reasons such as trauma or a specific medical condition, Medicare rebates may be available.

If you have private health insurance, you should enquire with your insurer to find out if your individual policy provides any coverage for this procedure.

Dr. Gordon Ku is one of Australia’s leading experts in liposuction with over 24 years of experience at Me Clinic. As a cosmetic surgeon, he routinely performs liposuction procedures. Throughout his career, he has pioneered liposuction techniques and is a renowned trainer of other cosmetic surgeons.

Supporting our surgeons, doctors and anaesthetists is our expert medical team of anaesthetic nurses, senior registered nurses and registered nurses.

The experienced and qualified staff at Me Clinic means that your treatment involves best-practice medical techniques, and comprehensive pre-and-post-operative support to obtain optimal fat reducing results.

We provide consultations and perform liposuction procedures and liposculpture at our Melbourne (Malvern East), Sydney Gold Coast and Brisbane clinics, or at a choice of accredited and registered Day Hospitals.

To find out more about liposuction results and liposuction techniques including tumescent liposuction and Vaser liposuction Melbourne, contact us to book your no-obligation personal initial consultation with one of our surgeons.

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